I’m currently on part 1 of my holiday! Starting today, I have 3 days off, then I’m at work for just one day, and then it’s party time for another 11 days!! 😀
Did I mention I love this time of the year?
One of my favourite things in life is freshly baked bread, and lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun baking my own. Today I made another loaf of Irish Soda Bread. I made some adjustments to the recipe I used last time, and also added some nuts and raisins, which I don’t think is all that authentic, but it’s tasty nonetheless.
Walnut and Raisin Irish Soda Bread
- 1 C ground oats (just throw in some quick oats into the food processor)
- 2 C whole wheat flour
- 1 C unbleached all-purpose four
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 and 1/2 TB unsalted butter, melted
- 1 TB brown rice syrup
- 1 and 1/3 C plain non-fat yogurt
- 2/3 C skim milk
- 1/2 C chopped walnuts
- 1/2 C raisins
- handful of quick oats (optional: for sprinkling on top of loaf for decoration)
Preheat oven to 400°. Grease or spray an 8 x 5″ loaf pan.
Whisk together the 1st five ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, butter, syrup, yogurt, and milk until well combined.
I love the taste of brown rice syrup!
Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix together. Fold in nuts and raisins (you can omit these two ingredients if you want a more authentic bread, and it’ll still taste awesome).
Spoon batter (it’ll be a very thick consistency) into the loaf pan and if desired, sprinkle on some quick oats on top for decoration.
Bake for 50 – 55 mins, and ta da! Bread. Mmmmm.
Wonderfully crusty on the outside, moist and soft on the inside. Lovely nuttiness from the walnuts with just a hint of sweetness. Mmmm.
And now I’m blogging while sucking on a candy cane and watching Buffy Season 3 (my fave season!)…Life is blissful during holidays!